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Bear Creek Primitive Baptist 

Spring and Fall Sessions 

ELDER W. C. EDWARDS, Moderator, Wingate,N.C. 
J. W. JONES, Clerk and Treas., Peachland, N. C. 



Bear Creek Primitive Baptist 

Spring and Fall Sessions 

ELDER W. C. EDWARDS, Moderator, WIngate,N.C. 
J. W. JONES, Clerk and Treas., Peachland, N. C. 

Thirty-eighth Spring Session held with the church at 
Liberty, Union county. North Carolina, on Saturday be- 
fore first Sunday in May, 1922. Also of the ninety-first 
Annual or Fall Session held with the church at Crooked 
Creek, Union county. North Carolina, on Saturday be- 
fore the first Sunday in October 1922. 



Liberty Church, Union County, N. C. 

Saturday, May the 6th, 1922. 

Assembled around the Stand in grove at 11 o'clock, A. 
M. and introductory sermon preached by Elder J. F. 
Mills from 1st and 2nd verses of 105 Psalms. Intermis- 
sion one hour for dinner. At 1 :30 P. M. convened in the 
house. Praise and prayer by Elder D. G. Staples, a vis- 
iting minister. Then Elder Edwards took his seat and 
proceeded in usual order. 

1. Called for the letters from our several churches. 
These were presented and read by brother H. M. Bau- 
com and all messengers sent and attending seated in coun- 

2. Re-elected Elder W C. Edwards Moderator and 
J. W. Jones Clerk. . 

3. Invited messengers from sister associations to seats. 
Present and seated were: Elders C. A. Davis and A. G. 
Morton from Salem, also brother Tom Greer, Elder W. 

C. McMillon of Nolachuckey, Tenn., and Elder Samuel 
McMillon of Abbotts Creek, Elder H. M. WiUiams and 
brothers T. H. and W. A. Bentley of Silver Creek. El- 
ders B. H. Harrelson, J. W. Brown and brothers Tom- 

mie Brown, M. Mears and Brown, of Mill 

Branch and all welcomed. 

4. Invited visiting ministers and brethren of sister as- 
sociations to seats. The following present and seated: 
I^lder D. G. Staples of Greensboro, N. C, M. L. Riner, 
Collins, Ga. 

5. Appointed arrangement Committe as follows: El- 
ders J. F. Mills, B. L. Treece and brother J. M. Taylor 
with Moderator and Clerk. 

6. That Elders C. A Davis, W. C. McMillon, M. 
L. Riner, B. H. Harrelson and D. G. Staples preach at 
the stand Sunday. Service 10 A. M. 

7. Adjourned to 9:30 A. M., Monday. Benediction 
by the Moderator. Preaching Saturday P. M. by Elders 

D. G. Staples, C. A. Davis and W. C McMillon. 



Preaching today as follows: C. A. Davis, Text — The 
Valley of Dry Bones. W. C. McMillon, Text— The 
Hour is Coming &c. Intermission one hour. Afternoon 
preaching. M. L. Riner, Text — 4th Verse of 2nd chap- 
ter Romans. B. H. Harrelson, Text — 9th verse off 33rd 
Psalms and closed by D. G. Staples, Text — 14th verse 
of 13th chapter Hebrews. The ministers all blessed 
with good liberty and we had a good day of sweet ser- 
vice with much interest manifested. 


Met at 9:30 in the house, pursuant to adjournment. 
Praise and prayer by Elder A. G. Morton. 

8. Called on arrangement Committe to report. Re- 
port read and adopted. 

9. Called on corresponding messengers to sister as- 
sociations to report. Elder Mills attended Mill Branch 
and had good meeting. 

10. Called on corresponding messengers from sister 
associations to report. The following reported satisfac- 
torily: Elder W. C. McMillon of Nolachuckey, Tenn. 
]\lder. C. A. Davis from Salem received and distributed 
corresponding Minutes from these sister associations: 
Senter, Salem, Mill Branch and Nolachuckey, Tenn. 

11. Called on Presbyierles to report. No report. 

12. The committe appointed to investigate conditions 
In the Mountain District association read a letter from 
brother J. M. Rector which was satisfactory to us. 

13. That we return thanks to God, this church and 
kind friends of the community for their generous hos- 
pitality during this meeting. 

14. Read and approved of above Minutes. 

15. Adjourned to time and place mentioned In last 
Minutes. Benediction by the Moderator. Monday 
while the association was in session in the house preach- 
ing service conducted at the Stand by Elders W. C. Mc- 
Millon, B. L. Treece and Sam McMillon. Indeed we 
can say this was a good meeting throughout. 

ELDER W. C. EDWARDS, Moderator. 
J. W. JONES, Clerk. 



Bear Creek — L. R. Tucker, J. A. Barbee, H. L. Almond. 
Bethany— By Letter. 

Concord— Elder W. R. Helms, M. A. Helms, J. F. Burrus. 
Clarks Grove— Robt. Lee, E. Barbee, S. L. Taylor. 
Crooked Creek— H. E. Rowell, L. L. Little, D. L. Williams. 
Flat Lake— D. P. Dunn, C. C. Hall,* C. R. McLendon. 
Freedom — By Letter. 

Hig-h Hill— Elder D. S. Jones, T. C. Mills, C. A. Helms. 
High Ridg-e — John Smith, Jesse Rushing', Lonnie Thomas. 
Howards Chapel — P. A. Howard, M. F. Coble, J. A. Hinson. 
Jerusalem — T. F. Mills, William Thomas. 
Jones Hill — Walter Greene, A. A. Morton, Jona Morton. 
Liberty — Elder H. Taylor, Edmond Privitte, Oscar Brown. 
Liberty Hill— J. T. Crisco, J. C. Morton. 
Lawyers Springs — J. W. Jones, F. A. Preslar, R. L. Horne. 
Meadow Creek — H. A. Williams, Aaron Barbee, E. F. Huneycutt. 
Mountain Creek— Elder B. L. Treece, W. A. Helms, J. C. Miller. 
New Zion— S. M. Underwood,* W. M. Coley.* 
Pleasant Grove— L. L. Griffin, C. N. Mullis, J. M. Williams. 
Pleasant Hill— J. M. Taylor, E. J. Liles,* H. P. Cashion.* 
Philadelphia — F. N. Gardner,* Foster Beam,* Julius Beam.* 
Running ' Creek— W. L. Tucker, E. M. Halley, J. H. McClure. 
Union Grove— Latta Baucom, T. F. Hill, L. W. Medlin. 
Watson — Troy Simpson, W. A. Hargett, Joel Mullis. 
Absentees maked thus (*). 


CROOKED CREEK, Union County N. C. 

Saturday before first Sunday in October, 1922. 

Assembled at the Stand in the spacious grove at 1 1 
o'clock, A. M. Praise and prayer by Elder C. A. Davis. 

Then the introductory sermon was preached by Elder 
W. C. Edwards from 38th verse of second chapter of 

Intermission one hour for dinner . Then the ministers 
and messengers present convened in the church house. 
Praise and prayer conducted by Elder B. H. Harrelson. 
Then Elder Edwards resumed the chair and proceeded 
in the usual order of business. 

1. Called for the letters from the several churches 
composing the body. These were presented and read by. 
brother H. M. Baucom, Reading Clerk. Two letters 
purporting to represent the church at Jones Hill, after 
being read were referred to the arrangement committee 
named below, for consideration and advice as to what 
should be done in the premisses. 

2. Then by motion re-elected Elder W. C. Edwards 
Moderator and J. W. Jones, Clerk. 

3. Invited visiting messengers present from sister as- 
sociations to seats, and the following were present, seated 
and welcomed: From Abbotts, brother J. R. Garner. 
From Mountain District, Elder S. G. Caudill and broth 
er Hiram Edwards. From Silver Creek, Elder H. M. 
Williams and brother W. A. Bentley. From Mill 
Branch, Elder B. H. Harrelson and brothers U. N. Nor- 
ris and B. F. Harrelson. From Salem, Elder C. A. Da- 
vis. No messenger present from Senter or Nolachuckcy 

4. Invited visiting ministers and brethren from sister 
associations to seats. These were present and welcomed 
to seats : From Abbotts Creek, brethren Lee Owens, Lee 
Snider, D. P. Broadaway and C. B. Owens. From Fish- 
ers River, Elder J. M. Royal. From Mountain Dis- 


trict, brother Monroe Edwards. 

5. Appointed on arrangement committee brothers W. 
M. Clonts, J. F. Burrus, and H. F. Curlee with Moder- 
ator and Clerk, to report Monday morning. 

6. Brothers H. M. Baucom and P. A. Howard were 
appointed a committe on finance, to also report Monday. 

7. By motion appointed Elders J. M. Royal, C. A. 
Davis, B. H. Harrelson and S. G. Caudill to preach at 
the Stand on Sunday. Service to commence at 10 A. M. 

8. Adjourned to 9:30 A. M., Monday. 
Benediction by the Moderator. 

Saturday evening preaching service conducted at the 
Stand by Elders C. A. Davis, and B. L. Treece. 


At 10 o'clock, A. M., a large congregation as^mbled 
around the Stand in the grove. Praise and prayer con- 
ducted by Elder W. R. Helms. Then Elder J. M. Roy- 
al preached from these words — "I will lead my people 
in a way they knew not, and in paths they had not 
known." Then Elder C, A. Davis preached from first 
verse of 53rd chapter of Isaiah. 

Intermission, one hour for dinner. 

Then at 1 :30 P. M., re-assembled around the stand 
and Elder B. H. Harrelson preached from these words: 
"He came once in the end of the world to put away sin 
by the offering of Himself." Then Elder S. G. Cau- 
dill preached from this: "The hour is coming and now 
is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the son of God 
and they that hear shall live," followed and closed by El- 
der W. C. Edwards from the 9th, 10th and 1 1th vers-es of 
4th chapter Thesalonians. These services were listened to 
with much interest manifested and those who know and 
love the truth were edyfied and comforted. The minis- 
ters were blessed to preach Christ the way, the truth 
and the life of His chosen generation and that in sweet 
peace and Christain fellowship. Bless and praise Flim 
for such good meetings. 


Reconvened in the house at 9:30 A. M. pursuant to 

adjournment. Praise and prayer by Elder C. A. Davis. 
Then the Moderator resumed his seat and proceeded 
to business. 

9. Called on committee of arrangements to report. Re- 
port read and adopted. 

10. Called roll of messengers and noted absentees. 
(Omitting reading of Rules of Decorum.) 

11. By motion, agreed not to seat the Jones Hill del- 
egations from either side, but the association requests 
the churches at Lawyer Springs, Jerusalem, Watson, 
Crooked Creek and Mountain Creek to choose and send 
a delegation from each of these churches, to visit the 
church at Jones Hill, on Saturday before third Sunday 
in November, 1922 and investigate the Diciplinary 
Standing of the church at Jones Hill and advise and labor 
with both factions and if possible to aid in restoring 
peace and fellowship and report their findings and ac- 
tion to our SpriVig session of this association. 

12. Called on corresponding messengers to sister as- 
sociations to report. Brother J. F. Burrus attended both 
Silver Creek and Abbots Creek and had good meetings. 
Others who failed were excused. 

13. Called on corresponding messengers from sister 
associations to report. Reports were made by the fol- 
lowing: From Salem by Elder C. A. Davis. From Ab= 
botts Creek by brother J. R. Garner. From Silver 
Creek by Elder H. M. \Villiams. From Mountain DIs- 
tric by Elder S. C. Caudill. From Mill Branch by 
brother U. N. Norris. Then in line with above Elder J. 
M. Royal requested us to open correspondence with 
Fishers River association, which was agreed upon with 
their consent and a file of Minutes was ordered sent to 
Elder Royal at Thurmond, N. ,C. This association is 
always pleased to have the ministers and brethren of sis- 
ter associations present in our meetings. 

14. Called on Presbyteries to report. It was report- 
ed that Elder W. C. Edwards, J. F. Mills, D. S. Jones 
and some brother Deacons formed a Presbytery on Sat. 
before first Sunday in Sept., 1922 at High Hill church 
and ordained brothers Philander Helms and S. H. Ed- 

wards Deacons, Also, that Elder W. R. Helms and 
some brother Deacons formed a Presbytery on Satur- 
day before third Sunday in September, 1922 at Concord 
church and ordained brother M. A. Helms a Deacon. 

15. That we continue our usual correspondence with 
sister associations as follows. 

To Abbotte Creek — J. W. Jones, J. F. Burrus and 

To Mill Branch— Elders W. R. Helms, B. L. Treece 
and Minutes. 

To Salem — J. F. Burrus and Minutes. 

To Mountain District — Elder W. R. Helms, J. F. 
Burrus and Minutes,. 

To Senter — Foster^'Beam and Minutes. 

To Silver Creek— Elder W. R. Helms and Minutes. 

To Nolachuckey, Te^in. — Minutes. 

16. That our next Spring session be held with the 
church at Watson, Union County, N. C. Elder W. C\ 
Edwards to preach the introductory sermon. *Elder J. 
F. Mills, his alternate and commence on Saturday before 
first Sunday in May, 1923 and that the Annual or Fall 
session convene with the church at Pleasant Hill, in Ire- 
dell County, N. C, commencing on Saturday before first 
Sunday in October, 1922. Elder B. L. Treece to preach 
the introductory sermon. Elder Edwards, his alternate. 
Service at 1 1 A. M., at both places. 

17. That the Clerk have notices of above meetings 
'uhlished in the Landmark, Primitive Bapdst and Csos- 

pel Messenger. 

18. Treasurer reported by reading • Financial State- 
ment from last Minutes. 

19. Finance Committee reported sent up th's year for 
Minute and associational purposes $98.10. Here it was 
agreed that surplus funds on hand be distributed to 
ministers present. 

20. That the Clerk act as Treasurer also, and super- 
intend and have 1 100 copies of these Minutes printed and 
distributed as usual and that ten dollars be allowed for 
his services. 

21. That we return thanks to God, this church and 
friends of the community for such kind hospitality and 

entertainment during this meeting. 

21. Read above Minutes before the body and same ap- 
proved. Now may the God of all peace continue liis ' 
presence among us to own and to bless. 

22. Adjourned to times and places above mentioned. 
Short prayer by the Moderator. 

Preaching today at the Stand by Elder C. A. Davis, 

ELDER W. C. EDWARDS, Moderator, Wingate,N.C. 

J. W. JONES, Clerk and Treas*urer, Peachland, N. C. 


Bear Creek — Jason Eudy, A. J. Furr, Levi Tucker.* 
Bethany — By Letter. 

Concord — Elder W. R. Helms, M. A. Helms, J. F. Burrus. 
Clarks Grove— E. Barbee, Robt. Lee, S. L. Taylor.* 
Crooked Creek— H. E. Rowell, J. E. Benton, D. L. Williams. 
Flat Lake— D. P. Dunn, C. C. Hall, C. R. McLendon.* 
Freedom — A. J. Deese, J. W.' Deese.* 

High Hill— W, M. Clonts, Elder D. S. Jones, S. H. Edwards. 
High Ridge — Willie Helms, Lonnie Thomas, J. P. Rushing, 
Howards Chapel— P. A. Howard, W. H. Hinson, M. F. Coble. 
Jerusalem— H. F. Curlee, W. A, Helms, W. H. Curlee. 
Jones Hill— (Not Seated.) 

Liberty — Elder Henry Taylor, Edmond Privitte, J. B. Whitley. 
Liberty Hill— J. F. Crisco. J. C. Morton.* 
Lawyers Springs — J. W. Jones, H. M. Baucom, F. A. Preslar. 
Meadow Creek — Aaron Barbee,* H. A. Williams,* Eli Huneycu'^t. 
Mountain Creek— Elder B. L. Treece, J. S. Miller;* W. R. MortoTi. 
New Zion— W. M. Coley, S. M. Underwood.* 

Pleasant Grove— Elder J. F. Mills, J. M. Williams, H. B. Godwin. 
Pleasant Hill — E, J. Liles, Sam Rimmer, J. M. Taylor. 
Philadelphia — Foster Beam, F. N. Gardner, Julius Beam. 
Running Creek — R. F. Almond, J. D. Eury, E. M. Hatley. 
Union Grove— A. E. Little, L. W. Medlin, S. D. Outen. 
Watson — Joel Mullis, J. T. Rushing, Troy Simpson. 

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Communion) Meeting 

Bear Creek — J. A. Barbee, Oakboro, N. C, __ __lst in August 

Bethany — Miss Jane P. Jones, Rt.-A., Wadesboro N. C, _ 3rd Aug. 
Concord — M, A, Helms, Kanapolis, N. C, __ __ __3rd in Augu?t 

Clarks Grove— E. Barbee, Stanfield, N. C, Rt.-2. _ _2nd in Aug. 
Crooked Creek— H. E. Rowell, Rt.-l, Indian Trail N. C, _ 4th July 
Freedom — J. W. Deese, Rt,-6, Albemarle, N. C. 

Flat Lake--C. R. McLendon, Rt.-l, Mt. Gilead, N. C, _ 4th in July 
High Plill— W. M. Clonts Rt.-l, Unionville, N. C. _ _lst in Sopt. 
High Ridge— J. B. Medlin, Rt.-l, Marshville, N. C. _ _3rd in July 
Howards Chapel — Arch Carpenter, Rt.-l, Norwood, N. C. 1st Sopt. 
Jerusalem — T. F. Mills, Marshville, N. C. __ __ __ 2nd in August 

Jones Hill— J. S. Little, Oakboro, N. C. 3rd in Sept. 

Liberty— J. B. Whitley, Rt.-7, Monroe, N. C. 

Liberty Hill— J. A. Barbee, Oakboro, N. C. 4th in July 

Lawyers Springs — H. M. Baucom, Peachland, N. C. __ 1st in Aug. 
Meadow Creek— H. A. Williams, Rt.-7, Salisbury, N. C. _ 3rd Aug. 
Mountain Creek — W. A. Helms, Rt.-7, Concord, N. C. 2nd Sept. 
Pleasant Grove — T. A. Helms, Marshville, N. C. __ _-2nd in July 
Pleasant Hill— H. P. Cashion, Rt.2, Barber, N. C. 4th in June 
Philadelphia — Foster Beam. Ellenboro, N. C. __ __ __4th in Aug. 

Running Creek— J. H. McClure, Rt.-l, Mt. Pleasant, N. C. 2nd Aug. 
Union Grove— J. C. Medlin, Rt.-2, Monroe, N. C. 2ni Sept. 
Watson— S. L. Mullis, Rt.-2, Unionville, N. C. 4th in May 


Elder J. F. Mills, Route 1, Marshville, N. C. 
Elder W. C. Edwards, Wingate, N. C. 
Elder Henry Taylor, Monroe, N. C. 
Elder B. L. Treece, Route 2, Albemarle, N. C. 
Elder W. R. Helms, Mooresville, N. C. 
Elder D. S. Jones, Nnionville. N. C. 



Sent up by the churches for assoclational ex- 
pense and Minutes __ __ __ $98.10 


For Printing and Mailing __ $48.00 

Allowance to Clerk $10.00 

Distributed to Ministers _____ $40.10 

Total Disbursements __ __ $98.10 $98.10 


Article 1. We believe in one only living and true God, 
the Father, the Word and the Holy Gh^st. 

Art. We believe in the man Jesus being the first of 
all God's creation and the pattern of all God's perfection 
in nature, providence, grace and glory, and in relative un- 
ion with the divine word, and thus united with the whole 

Art. 3. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and 
New testaments contain the only written revealed word 
of God, and are the perfect rule of faith and practice 
for God's church in her militant state while here on earth. 

Art. 4. We believe in the doctrine of Election, that 
God chose His church in Christ Jesus before the world 

Art. 5. We believe in all mankind's apostacy by 
transgression in Adam, the federal head. 

Art. 6. We believe in the doctrine of original sin. 

Art. 7. We believe in the impotency of man to recov- 
er himself from his fallen state by his own free will and 

Art. 8. We believe that sinners are justified freely by 
grace and before God by faith in Christ and his righteous- 
ness only. 

Art. 9. We believe that God's elect or church shall be 
called, converted, regenerated and sanctified by the Holy 
Spirit in due time. 

Art. 10. We believe that the saints shall persevere in 


grace and never really fall away. 

Art. 11. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Sup- 
per are ordinances of Christ's appointment and that be- 
Levers alone are the subjects of baptism and the only pro- 
per communicants of the supper; that the mode of bap- 
v^sm is Immersion, and that neither of the ordinances is lo 
I e altered or changed by the inventions or opinions of 

Art. 12. We believe that no man as a minister has any 
right to the administration of any of the ordinances of the 
gjspel except such as are sound in the faith of the gospel, 
regularly baptised, called of God and have come under 
the imposition of hands by a regular Presbytery. 

Art. 13. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, 
both the just and the unjust, and a general judgment. 

Art. 14. We believe that the punishment of the wick- 
ed will be everlasting and the joys of the righteous eter- 


1st. A Moderator, or Chief Speaker, and Clerk may 
be chosen by the suffrages of the members present. 

2nd. The Chief Speaker, or Moderator, shall take his 
seat at the hour to which the Association shall be ad- 
ii)urned, and after prayer shall proceed to business. It 
sh^Il be his duty keep order, and shall be entitled to the 
same privilege of speech as that of another member; pro- 
\ ided, he appoint one of the members to fill the chair dur- 
ing the exercise of such privilege, and in no case shall give 
a \'ute unless the Association be equally divided. 

3rd. Only one member shall be allowed to speak at a 
lime, who shall rise from his seat and address the Chief 
Sp.^aker by the appellation of brother, and while speaking 
shall confine himself strictly to the subject in question, 
and shall not be mterrupted unless he digress from the 
subject, and shall in no wise reflect on any other speaker, 
s ) as to make remarks on his slips and failings and imper- 
feciions, but shall fairly give his own views of the case 
without sophistry or criticism. 


4th. No person shall speak more than three times on 
one subject without leave of the Association. 

5th. No person shall absent himself from the Associa- 
tion without leave. 

6th. No member of the Association shall address any 
other member by any other term or name than that of 

7th. The Chief Speaker, or Moderator, shall not in- 
terrupt one member to prohibit him from speaking until 
his speech is finished, except he break the Rules of De- 

8ih. The names of all members of the Assocaition 
shall be enrolled by the clerk, and be called over as often 
as the Association may require. 

9th. Any member who shall willingly and knowingly 
break or violate any of the foregoing rules of this Asso- 
ciation, shall be reproved by the Association in any way 
they may think proper.